Prosecutors: Jeffrey Epstein Paid $350,000 to ‘Silence’ Potential Witnesses

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

US Labour Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning amid criticism of his brokering of a plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein in a child sex case. Brown spoke to Epstein's accusers, who, as she reported previous year, "believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them". His attorneys suggested an array of other bail conditions, including having him pledge his home as collateral, ordering privately funded security at the residence and requiring a court-appointed, live-in trustee to monitor Epstein's compliance with the proposed bail package.

Epstein donated the $15,000 gift to the prestigious Hewitt School on East 75th Street in 2016 - years after he pleaded guilty to in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution, The Associated Press reported.

During his Senate confirmation hearing in March 2017, Acosta defended his record as a USA attorney and addressed his decision to not indict Epstein on federal charges.

"While NBC's Stephanie Gosk gave a passing mention to both Clinton and Trump (without any mention of the "Lolita Express"), CBS This Morning's Mola Lenghi spent more time on both Trump and Clinton, while emphasizing comments Trump made praising Epstein in 2002".

Acosta is a former federal prosecutor in South Florida.

Prosecutors said in Friday's filing that they had learned of the payments to potential witnesses from financial records obtained from an unnamed financial institution.

On Monday, U.S. prosecutors in NY accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking, in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.

Epstein's lawyers favor house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion, saying prosecutors were making a "drastic demand" asking that he be jailed until trial.

They cited his payments to possible witnesses and the risk that he would flee as reasons to keep him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

He said that Acosta's troubles were not going away any time soon, and it wasn't like Acosta was the Attorney General or Secretary of State. Depending on how the story evolves, Mr Acosta may not be the last.

Federal authorities are seeking to block Epstein's release as he awaits trial stemming from charges brought against him earlier this week.

Last year, the Miami Herald published a blockbuster report accusing Acosta of treating Epstein leniently in the plea deal, which allowed the financier to serve just 13 months in prison and another year under house arrest, despite Federal Bureau of Investigation allegations against him of sexual abuse and the trafficking of nearly three dozen young women and girls, Sputnik reported.

After federal attorneys in NY announced the new charges against Epstein this week, Acosta tweeted that he was "pleased" by their decision.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta (R) before departing for travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2019. Acosta said he didn't think it was right for his handling of Epstein's case to distract from his work as secretary of labour.

Prosecutors said evidence against Epstein has grown since his arrest Saturday after several additional women identified themselves to the government as victims and dozens of individuals called prosecutors to convey information about Epstein and his crimes.

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